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October 09, 2009

Why Ward Churchill is like a porn star: MoJo interviews author Sherman Alexie

MoJo has a smart interview with novelist Sherman Alexie, one of the most celebrated chroniclers of contemporary Native American life. Find out why Ward Churchill is like a porn star, and much more...

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Alexie didn't say Ward Churchill is like a porn star. MoJo made the comparison, and Alexie said "I'm stealing that." What Alexie did say about Churchill is that because he claims to be Indian even though he's not a member of any tribe, Indians stopped taking him seriously years before whites did.

Ward Churchill branding himself as a native American to sell books is akin to certain porn stars adopting an Indian persona to sell skin flicks. The MoJo interviewer suggests this parallel and Alexie affirms it.

What is Ward Churchill's ethnicity.. not that it matters?

I saw Sherman Alexie read once. Christopher Hitchens was introduced first, and it sounded like a steam pipe burst in the auditorium. Hitch lashed out, and Alexie made a snide comment about "white liberals." I thought Alexie's snub ill-considered in that white liberals have actually done a lot of good in the world, not least of all in opposing Hitch's favorite war and, in the 19th century, opposing the worst depredations against American Indians.

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